Classic Minestrone

<p>Classic Minestrone</p>

Photo: Caleb Zorn; Styling: Nicole McLaughlin

This thick, classic Italian soup is packed with healthy veggies like fresh carrots, onion, garlic, and kale. And at only 219 calories, you can afford to have seconds.

Serves 6

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2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes with liquid
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup small shell pasta or macaroni
1 cup shredded escarole or kale
1 15.5-oz. can cannellini or navy beans, drained
Grated Parmesan, for serving, optional


Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 6 Hours, 30 Minutes

1. Combine carrots, celery, onion and garlic in slow cooker. Pour in broth and stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

2. Thirty minutes before serving, stir in pasta, escarole and beans. Cover, increase heat to high and cook until pasta is tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, sprinkled with Parmesan, if desired.

Created date

September 2011

Nutritional Information

Calories 219
Fat 2 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Protein 13 g
Carbohydrate 40 g
Fiber 8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 824 mg